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Around fifty people gathered in front of the White House to demand a ceasefire in Gaza.

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Gathered in front of the White House on Sunday, they made a final appeal for a ceasefire in Gaza before Christmas.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Equipped with lanterns, they sign a ceasefire in front of the White House, then each leaves a rose in tribute to the victims of Gaza. These are civil servants, political appointees, interns of the Biden administration who have dedicated their lives to their work, tells us one of them who wished to remain anonymous.

Since the start of the bombings, repeated calls for a ceasefire have been ignored, confides another employee who wants to keep the bombing. anonymity.

Weapons continue to flow to Israel, we decided to demonstrate publicly, she adds.

Publicly, but anonymously, wrapped in their coats and scarves, they are unrecognizable, and above all the instruction is not to speak to the media, because they fear reprisals.

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We nevertheless recognize one of them, Josh Paul, former military director of the State Department and undoubtedly a former colleague. He became their spokesperson.

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Josh Paul, former military director of the State Department, in front of the White House.

Our closest allies, Canada, France, New Zealand, Australia, voted for a ceasefire at the United Nations. We are isolating ourselves on the international scene.

A quote from Josh Paul, former military director, Department of State

It was a rather cool Thursday evening, the White House was displaying its Christmas decorations and tourists were taking photos. We were far from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it is at the heart of the almost daily press conferences of the spokesperson for the national security council, John Kirby.

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John Kirby is White House national security spokesperson.

Hamas must meet three conditions to end this war: lay down your weapons, hand over the perpetrators of the October 7 attacks and free the hostages. Three simple demands and we stop the war immediately.

A quote from John Kirby, spokesperson, national security advisor

No respite for the moment, according to the Israeli authorities. We must finish the first phase of the operation. If Hamas collapses in the North, we want it to also collapse in the South, said Marc Regev, advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister.

On the front, Israel carried out new strikes on the Gaza Strip on Sunday as Israeli leaders face growing pressure to negotiate and obtain the release of hostages kidnapped by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

The emergency department of Al-Shifa hospital in northern Gaza, devastated by Israeli bombings, is a bloodbath, lamented the hospital. World Health Organization (WHO) Sunday.

After the attack on October 7 which, according to Israeli authorities, left around 1,140 dead, mostly civilians, Israel vowed to annihilate Hamas, shelling the Palestinian territory, besieging it and carrying out a vast ground operation since October 27.

The most recent assessment of the Ministry of Hamas Health in the Gaza Strip deplores 18,800 deaths since the start of the war with Israel on October 7.

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